Published: 11 November 2014 at 11:52
Anglia Ruskin poll suggests Miliband is greater electoral asset than Johnson
A new poll released today by Anglia Ruskin University’s Labour History Research Unit suggests that despite recent negative headlines, Labour Party activists are keeping faith with leader Ed Miliband.
The data, compiled by Dr Richard Carr, draws on a survey carried out yesterday which was answered by 202 Labour Party councillors in key marginal constituencies ahead of the next General Election.
Dr Carr, Lecturer in History at Anglia Ruskin University, surveyed councillors from the 106 target seats Labour have on their hit list for 2015, as well as the 50 Labour-held seats that are most vulnerable to a Conservative swing.
The results from these 202 councillors show:
- Three-quarters (74.6%) do not think Miliband should resign even if newspaper speculation surrounding his leadership continues and Labour’s poll lead disappears.
- 73.1% think infighting is hurting the party more than the 26.9% who pointed to the leader.
- In the wake of the weekend’s #webackEd Labour hashtag, five out of six (83.5%) councillors surveyed declared that they also ‘back Ed’.
- Whilst the poll took place prior to Alan Johnson ruling himself out of becoming leader last night, 60.1% stated that Ed Miliband was more of an electoral asset in their marginal constituency when offered a straight choice between the two – against Johnson’s 39.9%.
- Councillors think Miliband is doing better than both David Cameron (44.5% agree, 36.5% disagree) in 2009 and Neil Kinnock in 1991 (50.3% agree to 28.3% disagree), the year before they both contested a General Election.
- Almost eight in ten (79.3%) felt the recent speculation has been due to the ‘press whipping up a story’ rather than Miliband’s own performance.
Commenting on the findings Dr Carr said: